Is likely your 2nd in command, your #2.  For three reasons.

  • You don’t have one and therefore are doing too much that takes you away from where your sharpest strategic focus would most benefit the organization.
  • You have one but don’t have a backup for them, which means that if they leave or are otherwise unable to fulfill their role, you’ll be running from fire to fire.
  • You have one but you don’t let them be a true #2 because you won’t delegate real responsibility to them.

It turns out that the weakest link to a strong #2 is actually the #1.

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